This is so poignant, Elena. I have reached the age where I can compare the landscape around me unfavorably with what it was when I was younger.... And I'm not even an adult yet, by Elvish reckoning.
Thank you, Adaneth! I, too, feel very callow by Elvish standards, but see how the changes have degraded our land. The soil in this valley is some of the richest and most productive in the world, yet it is now mostly covered in concrete.
There are still some bastions of the Wild, and even some slight gains, however.
That is so heartening! When I walk through an old-growth redwood forest, the peace, awe, and reverence in my heart is far greater than when I visited the Cathedral at Chartres.
Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement, Adaneth!